All dogs bark, but in some cases barking dogs may become a real neighbourhood nuisance, greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions. It can be confronting to receive a barking complaint, but it’s important you consider that your dog may be causing a nuisance, even if you are unaware.
The Ipswich City Council Local Laws describe a noise nuisance as the following:
Animal noise is a nuisance if it—
(a) is made by a domestic animal; and
(b) occurs more than once; and
(c) in the opinion of an authorised person, unreasonably disrupts or inhibits an activity ordinarily carried out on a residential premises.
Example for paragraph (c) – The barking of a dog, which disrupts a person –
(a) holding a conversation; or
(b) watching television; or
(c) listening to a radio or recorded material; or
BarkUp! is a platform designed specifically to help neighbours resolve barking dog issues between themselves:
If you have reported the issue to your neighbour and have not heard or seen a difference in the dog’s behaviour, you can make a request to council to investigate your barking complaint by following the steps below:
Have the following information ready:
Contact council by one of the methods below:
If the problem has not been resolved after 14 days, you must report back to council.
Please note: council keeps complete and comprehensive records in the event that legal action is taken. All parties, including the complainant and other witnesses, may be asked to attend court to provide evidence. Personal information is only given out when it is directed by law to do so.
Report an Issue